Friday, October 30, 2009

Breaking it Down for Moms #1

I've been reviewing my library book, Eat This, Not That, an excellent resource on swapping healthier alternatives for foods that are terribly unhealthy. If these posts have interested you, please get the book! It is WELL worth the cost! I'm going to mention some of the swaps that I see, when flipping through the book, that would be most applicable for moms like me. I'll begin with snack foods:

Don't Buy:

Pop-Secret Popcorn
Jolly Time Blast O Butter
Pop-Secret KettleCorn
Newman's Own Pop's Corn, light butter
Kellog's Special K Bliss
Honey Nut Cheerio Bars
NutriGrain Cereal Bars, Raspberry
Nilla Wafers
E.L. Fudge Original
Chips Ahoy Big & Soft
Hunts Snack Pack Pudding
Little Debbies' Fudge Brownies
Laffy Taffy
Hershy's Chocolate Bar
M&Ms Peanuts
Twix PB
Crunch n Munch Caramel Corn
Famous Amos
Ruffles Cheddar & Sour Cream Chips
Nutter Butter
Famous Amos cookies
Rold Gold Sourdough pretzels
Chex Mix Traditional
Quaker's Quakes Rice Snacks, Cheddar Cheese
Ritz Toasted Chips
Natural Cheetos, White cheddar
Wheat Thins, Reduced Fat
Chicken in a Biskit Crackers
Town House Flip Sides
David Sunflower Kernels

Instead, Buy:

Sun chips, original
Baked Doritos
Baked Tostitos Scoops
Garden harvest Toasted Chips
New York Style Pretzel Flatz
TrueNorth Almond Cripsies
Snyders of hanover Sourdough Pretzels
RoldGold Sticks
Cheez-It Party Mix
Cheerio Snack Mix
Goldfish Crackers, original
Ak-Mak 100% Whole of the wheat
TLC 7-Grain crackers
Triscuit original
All-Bran crackers, multi-grain
Carr's Table Water crackers
Newton's Fruit Crips
Mini Chips Ahoy!
David Pumpkin Seeds
Stretch Island Fruit Co. Fruit Leather, Apricot
Orville Redenbacher's Kettle Korn
Orville Redenbacher's Simply Salted
The Original Cracker Jack
Good Health Half Naked with Olive Oil popcorn
Nutri-Grain Fruit and Nut bars
TLC Strawberry Cereal Bars
Quaker Chewy Chocolate Chip granola bars
Fiber One bars
Chips Ahoy Chewy
Ginger Snaps
Oreo Fudgees
Pepperidge Farm Soft Baked Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Kraft Handi-Snacks Pudding (make them your default pudding cup)
Twizzlers Pull n' Peel
LifeSaver Gummies
Red Hots
Jelly Bellies
Reese's PB cups
Hershey's 60 calorie sticks
Lindt 85% cocoa Extra Dark Chocolate
Hershey's Take 5
100 Grand


Kristin said...

The only thing on the first list that I would have trouble not buying is the Ritz. It's pretty much a staple around here - with cheese. What is the reason for that one, if I may ask? We've actually been buying the Whole Wheat Ritz now. Are they any better, do you know?

Rachel said...

Interesting that even some of the "good" choices have bad stuff in them, like MSG and genetically-modified ingredients.

Always good to read the ingredients and remember that if it's not organic and has wheat, dairy, soy, corn and possibly other things, they are 99% most likely genetically modified. Unfortunately the US does not require labeling things genetically-modified so the only guaranteed non-genetically modified food is certified organic. Also good to question eating anything you can't pronounce.

LS said...

Whole wheat ritz are probably a lot better Kristin, and as long as you are eating in moderation (which I suspect you are since you are in great shape) that's great!

The reason they give for Ritz being bad is:
"The most famous name in crackers is also an easy way to get fat. Each cracker contains 2 grams of refined carbs and nearly 1 gram of fat."

For example:
A box of Carr's Table Water crackers (also round like Ritz) contains 1/4 of the fat and 1,220 calories less than a box of Ritz. A serving of Ritz (10 crackers) has 30 more calories than 15 TLC crackers, plus double the amount of salt, and 3x the amount of fat.

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